RI health care workers mandated to get vaccinated by October 1
Governor Dan McKee announced this on Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Health care workers in state licensed facilities in Rhode Island must get vaccinated by October 1. This is for both private and public facilities.
Governor McKee announcing this new requirement on Tuesday at the first strictly COVID-19 presser since May 20th.
This comes as the delta variant continues to become more of a concern across the state; which according to health officials is now accounting for nearly 75% of the cases in the state.
Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott- with the state health department- says someone with one of the other COVID variants might have gotten 1 or 2 people sick, but someone with the Delta variant could get up to 6 or 7 people sick.
McKee says he does not support a vaccine mandate for teachers in the Ocean State- as 90% of educators in Rhode Island are already vaccinated.
As of Tuesday- the state’s COVID-19 vaccine data shows over 80% of Rhode Islanders 18 and older have received at least 1 dose of the shot, but officials want to see that number continue to rise.
Beginning Wednesday, the state will once again expand vaccination opportunities across the state.
McKee says he anticipates the number of people ready to get vaccinated to rise when the FDA grants full authorization of the Pfizer vaccine in the next few weeks. He adds the state is preparing adequately for that.